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Rick Underwood
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    <li style=”margin: 0px; padding: 30px 0px; border-width: 0px 0px 1px; border-image: initial; vertical-align: baseline; display: table; width: 610px; clear: both; border-color: initial initial rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.11) initial; border-style: initial initial solid initial;”>What’s your chief takeaway from the reading? God’s desire for us to be blessed runs deep.
    <li style=”margin: 0px; padding: 30px 0px; border-width: 0px 0px 1px; border-image: initial; vertical-align: baseline; display: table; width: 610px; clear: both; border-color: initial initial rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.11) initial; border-style: initial initial solid initial;”>How does blessing play a part in your work? At the Oates Institute, we often have participants who have been deeply wounded by persons representing the church or others who are in positions of authority and power.  Often, I have experienced persons find creative means to work through that wounding and experience blessing with the collaborative learning community.
    <li style=”margin: 0px; padding: 30px 0px; border-width: 0px 0px 1px; border-image: initial; vertical-align: baseline; display: table; width: 610px; clear: both; border-color: initial initial rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.11) initial; border-style: initial initial solid initial;”>Tell about a time when you felt blessed by the actions of another. What did you learn from that?  My wife, Brenda of 32 years were talking with our pastor about our marriage ceremony.  We had both been married previously and divorced.  Each of us had felt like a failure in our first marriage.  Our tendency was to have a very small ceremony with just our immediate families involved.  He challenged us about our feelings of unworthiness and reminded us of the redemptive grace of God.  Further, he challenged us to use our imagination about how we celebrate our new beginning and our love for whoever wanted to attend.  That process turned in to a blessing experience from him but also from our many friends and family and God.